Getting Started: Our first stack
Stacksmith deals in documents that contain one or more windows. Each window contains a stack of cards, i.e. multiple pages. To create your first stack, do the following:
- Choose “New Project” from the “File” menu.
- You will get a list of templates on which you can base your stack. If you find one that sounds like it does what you want, use that, otherwise select the “Empty Project” template and click “Create”.
- Choose where you want to save the project on your hard disk, and under what name. and click “Save”
- You will get a small, empty window named like your project.
A project is a Stacksmith document. It is simply a collection of stacks that make up whatever program you want to create. To see your project, open the Stack Canvas by choosing Show Stack Canvas from the Window menu.
The window that pops up will show an icon for each “thing” in your project. In case of the empty example project, you will see one icon for the lone stack, one for the one and only card, and another one for its background. Each card belongs to a background, which can be shared between several cards. A background contains common elements shared by several cards. For example, if you wanted to make a database, you would put all your record fields and their labels in the background. Whenever you create a new card using the New Card menu item from the Objects menu, it will have the same background as the previous one, but you can write different contents into each text field on the background.
Try it! Bring your stack’s window back to the front and create a new card. Use the Edit Background menu item from the Edit menu to add some items to it. When you switch between cards, all the items you created on the background are still there, but the ones you create while not in Edit Background mode will only appear on that card.